Steve Jobs passed away today at age 56 after a battle with cancer. Here’s a few random thoughts…
On this day, I own a buttload of Apple gear: iPhone, iPod, iPad, MacBook Pro, Apple TV, Apple TV 2, Time Capsule, Mac Mini… I’m planning on getting an iPhone 4S as soon as possible.
I was (and am) a big open source dork at heart, but Apple’s simplicity and ease of use, especially the past 7 years really spoke to the pragmatic side of me. It turned me into a fan boy, I guess. It didn’t hurt that OS X is NeXTStep is UNIX… I touch OS X and Linux every day.
One of Dinah’s first words was iPod which she taught herself so she could ask me to turn on music for her.
In college, I loved using the NeXT computers we had. My first class in college used scheme on the NeXT’s. The NeXT is one of the first places I played Doom. I took calculus using Mathematica on the Mac in college.
Steve also touched my kids’ lives via Pixar. (Okay, my life too, I saw Toy Story in the theater first run, long before I had kids.) Also through their first computer, a Mac Mini.
There were too other public figures who’s lives and deaths touched me the way Steve’s passing is touching me today: Jim Henson and Fred Rodgers.